Surgical Technology

Priority applications for the Surgical Technology (ST) program are accepted up to June 1st for the Fall semester. For questions about the Surgical Technology program contact Lorrie Etenburn, Surgical Technology Program Coordinator at


General Information

The Surgical Technology (ST) Program is designed to cover both the academic and clinical skills necessary to perform as a surgical technologist. The program begins fall semester of each year. Certain prerequisite courses must be completed prior to admission to the professional portion, the 2nd year, of this program. Students will complete this Associate Degree program in sequence with prerequisites and Essential Learning courses the first year. The application process will occur in the spring semester. Once accepted to the program, the second year will prepare students to work as operating room technologists and assist in surgical operations.

Surgical technologists work as members of a healthcare team alongside surgeons, registered nurses, and other health care workers. They prepare operating rooms, arrange equipment, and help doctors during surgeries. Students will be prepared to work in many areas of the surgery setting including preparing patients for surgery by washing and disinfecting incision sites, positioning patients on the operating table, covering patients with sterile drapes, and taking patients to and from the operating room. Surgical technologists prepare sterile solutions and medications used in surgery and check that all surgical equipment is working properly. They help the surgical team put on sterile gowns and gloves. During an operation, surgical technologists pass instruments and supplies to surgeons and first assistants. They also hold retractors and may hold internal organs in place during the procedure. Technologists also may handle specimens taken for laboratory analysis. Surgical technologists who take and pass the certifying examination offered by the NBSTSA (National Board for Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting) are certified and authorized to use the initials CST to designate their status as a Certified Surgical Technologist. Certification can be a means of upward mobility, a condition of employment, a route to higher salary, or a source of national recognition.

Advising Information

Contact Lorrie Etenburn, Surgical Technology Program Coordinator at if an advising appointment is desired.

General Information

Department of Health Sciences

Phone: 970.248.1398

Fax: 970.248.1133

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